Continuous Detention of Mirwaiz e Kashmir Hurts Religious Sentiments of Kashmiri, says Imam e Hai in Friday Sermon
With smiles on their faces and strictly maintaining Covid SOPs the devotees were seen moving towards historical Jamia Masjid to offer congregational Friday prayers after a gap of four months
On this occasion special security arrangements were made to maintain law and order as devotees arrived at the mosque with curiosity and affection which they hid all these months
Eyewitnesses told that first congregational prayer inside the mosque in over a year came a day after the second anniversary of abrogation of article 370.
It is pertinent to mention that Anjuman Auqaf, which manages the historic mosque, had earlier announced that Friday prayers will be held this week since Covid cases have slowed down and prayers were now being held in all central mosques.
Meanwhile President Anjuman Auqaf Jamia Masjid and Mirwaiz e Kashmir Mohamad Umar Farooq was not allowed to move out of his home for delivering Friday sermon before congregational prayers at the Jamia Masjid. Mirwaiz continues to be under house detention for the past two years, since August 2019.
On this occasion cleric Maulana Syed Ahmed Naqshbandi in his address thanked Almighty Allah that prayers had been resumed at Jama Masjid, with all Covid protocols in place, but lamented that since the past two years Mirwaiz e Kashmir has been arbitrarily detained at his house by the state authorities, and is not even allowed to visit Jamia Masjid to deliver the Friday sermon- which people are longing to hear and participate in it.
Anjuman mentioned that this is causing panic and anguish among people adding that it is the age old tradition of Mirwaizeen-e-Kashmir who delivers the unique Friday sermon from the pulpit of the Jamia Masjid.
Imam Hai said that by keeping the pulpit forcibly empty by detaining Mirwaiz, authorities are deliberately hurting the religious sentiments of the Muslims of the valley.